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Dallas Steve  
#1 Posted : Friday, April 12, 2019 12:03:09 PM(UTC)
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This website has been pretty dead lately, but I notice the same is true of Planet-Love. They have had a total of 2 posts in the last 4 days. Meanwhile, a gringo who had moved to Peru for several years and maintained a blog called Expat Chronicles has now returned to live in St. Louis, the murder capital of the USA, with a higher murder rate than even Cali, Colombia.

Colin, that "repat" as he called himself, said that raising children is much cheaper in St. Louis than in Peru. That surprises me. The cost of living index that I found showed St. Louis about 50% more expensive than Lima, Peru (not counting the cost of bullets).

For me, I want to give Colombia a try later this year, which appears to have a lower cost of living than even Peru. But I won't pick the murder capital, Cali, where my wife is from, nor the smog capital, Medellin, which many gringos love. I'm thinking somewhere in or around Pereira.

Well, that's all for now, unless someone stuns me with another post.
Dallas Steve  
#2 Posted : Friday, April 12, 2019 1:17:45 PM(UTC)
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Update:

Thinking about this some more, it may be that Colin and/or his wife are planning to get white collar jobs in the US which will pay a lot more than in Peru. That would more than offset the lower cost of living in Peru, and was the reason I went the K1 route and brought my wife back to the US. Now that I'm semi-retired I can afford to live expat or maybe part-pat, if I do part of the year here. According to Colin his mail-order nutrition supplements business in Peru was making a good profit, so he may not be looking for a job in the US.

Colin is welcome to join here and argue his point. Unless he does, I would say his biggest argument was that private English language schools in Lima run about $20,000 per year in Lima (that's hard for me to believe) and that regular schools in Peru are far inferior to the US (I can believe that). Since he has 3 children that would eventually cost him about $60,000 per year compared to free schools in the murder capital of the US.

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